3 When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. 4 For day and night your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was sapped as in the heat of summer. 5 Then I acknowledged my sin to you and did not cover up my iniquity. I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD”– and you forgave the guilt of my sin. (Psalm 32:3-5 NIV)
“Sin” is not a popular word today. It is becoming increasingly rare to hear the word even in churches today. Even if we were able to completely remove the word from our vocabulary and never hear it again–sin’s effects would remain on prominent display each and every day of our lives. David reminds us of this truth when he tells us about the effect sin had on his own life, even though he remained silent.
Sin not only effected David’s relationship with God, but it also had a negative impact on his physical and emotional health. His strength was sapped, he felt like his body was wasting away, and he groaned throughout the day.
I look back over my life and I can easily see the negative effects that sin has had on my life. Spiritual alienation from God because it is tough, no, it is impossible for me to hold onto my sin and cling to God at the same time. Physical effects are easy for me to identify–sin takes its toll on our bodies in a myriad of ways. Emotionally, sin has messed with my mind in more ways than I can count.
The attitudes and actions of my life that are contrary to God’s Word and God’s character are simply sin. It does me no good to try and rationalize or justify my actions and attitudes when deep in my heart I know what they are–they are sin and God wants them out of my life.
The longer I cling to my sin the sicker I will become. Reading David’s experience this morning shows me that I need to get honest with God, and honest with myself. God already knows, but I need to agree with Him that what I am doing, what I am thinking, is sin.
My prayer today, Lord, is that You would give me the courage to get honest about my life, name those things present that are contrary to Your Word and Your character, and desire to lay them down as I cling to You.